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2009-04-05 April 5 Bulletin

Lacombe Bethel CRC April 5 Bulletin

We are God's Children - gathered by Him in love - to bring glory to the Triune God, to pray, to seek the lost, to nurture the young in the Lord, to care for the hurting, and to encourage one another. We do this in obedience to His Word.

Next Sunday, April 12th

Is our Easter Celebration of Jesus’ resurrection from the Dead. In the evening all churches in the Lacombe community are invited to join the Woodynook CRC at 7 p.m. in an Easter evening service of praise led by the Parkland Men’s Choir and the Men of Faith from the CUC.

Our Church Family

Please keep Randy and Sue Wildeboer and their family in your prayers this week.

The flowers in the sanctuary will be going to Anita Geldof in appreciation of her playing the piano. Thank-you Anita, for sharing your gifts with us and your willingness to play for any service!

Tilly Biel will be having surgery for colon cancer sometime in the first part of April. We pray that God will be with both Tilly and Albert and bless them with his peace as they face this difficult situation.

Congratulations to Gerrit Meindersma as he celebrates his 86th birthday on Tuesday, and Teus Vander Vlis as he celebrates his 70th birthday on Friday. May God continue to richly bless you both on your special days and everyday!

Joanne van Gyssel’s family thanks the Lord for our mother’s 80th birthday. We invite you to celebrate with us at an Open house, April 18th from 2 to 4 p.m. here in the church fellowship hall.

Do remember our seniors and shut ins in prayer: Tilly Biel, Lea Dykstra, Tena Ellen, Wigger Meindersma, Theresa Salomons, Ruth Sluys, and Ann Swier.

Remember our missionaries around the world.

Bethel Youth News

Young Peoples 

Will meet for a social this evening after the worship service at Rob deRegt’s.

Tuesday Night Youth 

Will NOT meet this coming Tuesday, April 7th due to a leaders meeting. Studies will resume on April 14th.

All Senior & Junior Youth

There will be chicken pickin’ at the Van Stryland’s on Wednesday, April 8th at 7 p.m. If you need a ride, please be at the church by 6:30 p.m.

BelieveFest 2009 

This event is a one day music and speaker conference in the great outdoors in Drumheller, AB, August 15, 2009. The Youth MLT would like to promote this event and if you are at all interested in attending, Dana can get you the information to get you going. For general insight there is a sheet posted on the youth bulletin board.

Young Adults

Are you between the ages of 18 & 30ish? If so, there is a Young Adults’ retreat happening for you on May 8 -10 at Circle Square ranch in Halkirk, Alberta. The speaker for this event is Rick Abma and worship will be led by “North of Tomorrow”. There will be all kinds of activities to participate in like horseback riding and large group functions! For more information and registration forms, please contact your Youth Leader/pastors or Ron deVries at 780-987-0415, email mdevron@telus.net. Confirmation to attend this event by April 24th to either your Youth Leader/pastor or Ron deVries. We look forward to seeing you there.

Announcements

A reminder that bulletin announcements for this week must be in by Wednesday, April 8th at 7 p.m.

The secretaries will be in the office on Tuesday morning and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. this week due to the Good Friday worship service.

Bethel Newsletter

Due to unforeseen circumstances, we were unable to print the April Newsletter this past week. We hope to put it together this coming week. If you have anything you wanted to contribute, but missed last week’s deadline, you still have a chance to send it in! The deadline is now Monday, April 6th.

The church treasurer,

August Luymes will be away for a mission trip and will not be here for Sunday, April 5th. If you are ordering Bethel collection notes, there will be a bit of a delay in receiving your order!

Congregational Meeting Report:

The meeting last Wednesday was very well attended. After some clarification of terminology from our legal advisor, Mr. Geisterfer, both the Constitution and bylaws were passed. The budget statement was received with thanks for peoples’ faithful giving to church and ministry. Then the six ministry leadership teams (Youth, Outreach, Education, Worship, Fellowship and General Administration) reported on their work and we could see God’s blessing on it. Thanks to those who serve on these teams and give so much of their time to the ministry of our church.

Highway Clean Up

To the congregation - an invitation goes out to you to join the 2009 clean up team. Please mark May 2nd on your calendar as the day we gather together and clean up the highway. The distance has increased but so has the rewards, monies raised in this event will be given out to three different recipients. More information will follow at a later date.

Lacombe Christian Men’s Ministry: 

How can we as men be a support and inspiration to each other? How can we continue forward in the plans and dreams He has written on our hearts, and above all, to be in a vibrant relationship with Him every day? This is the goal as we meet together every 2nd and 4th Saturday at 7 a.m. at the Cheese Toast Restaurant for an hour and a half. We enjoy practical Bible study, sharing and breakfast to start the day. We’d love for you to join us so come to share, listen and fellowship with fellow believers. Our next meeting will be on Saturday, April 11th. For more information contact Henry Eisses at 403-782-2345.

Lacombe Christian School Auction 

Please mark Friday, April 17th on your calendar as the date for our annual Lacombe Christian School Auction to be held in the gym at LCS. Supper and a Silent Auction begin at 5 p.m. with the live Auction to follow at 6:30 p.m. If you would like to donate anything or need a donated item picked up, please call Ron Vink at 403-782-1719. Thank you!

Volleyball Tournament: 

 A fun and competitive co-ed (three guys and three gals) volleyball tournament will take place on Saturday, April 18th at the C.A.C.H.S. gym. Cost per team will be $60. Call Jen Zuidhof at 782-6672 by April 9th to enter your team or for more information.

Fellowship CRC Refugee banquet 

on Saturday, April 18th has been sold out! All sold tickets and previously arranged ticket sales will be honoured but no new tickets can be provided. Please contact Dolores Huizinga (780-454-3452) for more information.

Lacombe Christian School 

In thankfulness for your contributions to the children, we invite our Grandparents and Senior supporters to join us for lunch @ 11:45 on Monday, April 20th in the gymnasium. Seating will be at 11:30 a.m. A short program will follow @ 12:30 after which we encourage you to visit with the children. If you are able to join us, please reply to the office by April 13th @ (403) 782-6531.

Gideon Banquet: 

 Please reserve Friday April 24th for the annual Gideon Banquet. It will be held at C.A.C.H.S. at 6:00 p.m. Contact Ray or Eleanor Merkus for info and tickets. The cost is $20.00

Denomination News

CRWRC: 

Today is Refugee Sunday! An insert has been placed in your mail boxes. More than eleven million refugees in the world have fled their homes due to persecution and war. Many of them have no hope of ever returning home and desperately need a new homeland. Canada is one of the world's countries that welcomes refugees. Please phone Rose Dekker or Rebecca Walker at CRWRC 1-800-730-3490 for information. You can help one family out of the millions in need.

THE GREAT REVERSAL: 

We often make mistakes or say things we wish we hadn’t said. Usually this leads to wishing life had a pause or a rewind button! No matter how powerful we are as humans, we have no power to change the past. Yet with this Easter message we know that God can reverse whatever we understand to be humanly irreversible. Join us in celebrating Christ’s victory over the grave on the April 12th Back to God Hour. Go to www.BacktoGod.net for local stations and times.

THE MIRACLE OF EASTER: 

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to meet Jesus? Or to be in Jerusalem when Jesus was crucified and raised from the dead? This is the story of a little girl who was raised to life by Jesus. But then Jesus himself dies, setting the stage for the most thrilling event of all. Visit the Kids Corner web site at www.kids-corner.org. Then write to Kids Corner at P.O. Box 5070, Burlington ON L7R3Y8 for your very own Bible study.

SILENCE IS GOLDEN: 

Withdraw with Jesus to a solitary place. “Intermission is a 2 and a half day silent directed retreat sponsored by Centrepointe CRC, Edmonton. April 17-19, King’s Fold Retreat Centre, Cochrane, AB. $275. To register call Annemarie at 780-454-1936 or e-mail info@centrepointechurch.ca.

The Persecuted Church

IRAN 

On March 5th two Iranian Christian women, Miss Marzieh Amirizadeh Esmaeilabad (30), and Miss Maryam Rustampoor (27), were arrested by the Iranian security forces. Their only crime is that they are committed Christians who follow the teachings of Jesus. They are being unfairly labeled as ‘anti-government activists’, because of the hostility of the government towards practicing Christians. Their shared apartment was searched and personal belongings confiscated. They were hand-cuffed and first taken to the Police Station for interrogation. Afterwards, several sessions of interrogation in different places took place. Finally, on March 18th, they were sent to the notorious Evin Prison where they are being held without charge. They have been told they could be freed on a bail of US$400,000. This excessive bail level is unrealistic and is designed to intimidate and make the release impossible. The families have subsequently been told on several occasions a judge is not available to discuss the case. Both women are allowed just a one minute telephone call every day to their immediate families. Both are unwell and in need of urgent medical attention. During their last call on March 28th Marzieh said that she was suffering from an infection and high fever. She said ‘I am dying’. Pray for these young women and the Church in Iran. There has been a noted increase in government intimidation of the Christians. Last year they were over 50 known cases of arrests and imprisonment.

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